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Morpeth Neighbourhood Policing Team has welcomed a new member.
PC Andrea Taylor - who has more than 13 years experience with Northumbria Police - is the new Neighbourhood Beat Manager for Longhirst, Pegswood and Stobhill.
She has previously worked for 24/7 response teams in Byker, Newcastle, Morpeth and most recently Ashington before moving back to Morpeth to join the Neighbourhood team.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: "PC Taylor is a welcome addition to our team and has previous experience working in this area.
"She has previously worked for the Neighbourhood Team in Heaton, Newcastle, so has well developed problem solving and mediation skills and knows how to take a partnership approach to issues.
"She's worked in Morpeth before so is familiar with the area and local issues, and she's wasted no time in getting to know her areas of Longhirst, Pegswood and Stobhill by introducing herself to key members of the community, partners and residents."
The Morpeth Neighbourhood Policing Team can be contacted on 101 ext 69191, or via the force website at www.northumbria.police.uk.

Neighbourhood teams across the force are hosting events as Northumbria Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird support Safer Internet Day.
Tuesday, February 10, is European Safer Internet Day, which aims to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people.
Events include:
- Ashington Neighbourhood Policing Team giving inputs at Hirst Middle School and Grace Darling Campus.
- Officers at Boldon Neighbourhood Policing Team giving inputs to local schools.
- Local officers working with Gateshead College, with three stalls on the day staffed by students and Police Community Support Officers.
- Newcastle police cadets hosting an online forum for young people between 6pm and 7pm.
- An assembly at Ponteland Middle School regarding internet safety.
- Local officers in Morpeth visiting local primary schools throughout the week.
Northumbria Police Detective Chief Inspector John Bent said: "The internet is an invaluable resource for people of all ages but for younger generations it's something which is used every day.
"However, the internet is open to abuse because sometimes there's little regulation or accountability. So it's vital users are aware of the potential dangers so we can all use the internet safely and responsibly.  
"Events such as Safer Internet Day ensure awareness is raised about the tools available to ensure proper education about the internet for parents and grandparents and at the same time, ensure children use it safely.
"Parents should talk to their children about their use of the internet. There are also technology solutions available which ensure parents can monitor what their children are doing online. If parents are worried in any way, they should contact police."  
The Commissioner Vera Baird said: "E-safety is essential for everyone, especially younger people who use the internet so much in their day to day lives and it's vital they understand the potential dangers involved with online technology.
"While I know this day will heighten awareness of issues surrounding the internet and social networks it is a good reminder that every day people should promote safety to help prevent them becoming a victim of crime when using their phones, computers or tablets."
Northumbria Police offers the following advice for parents on how to make sure their child remains safe when using the internet:
Further information can also be found on our Ebeat site - www.ebeat.org.uk
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the day involves hundreds of organisations across the world get involved in helping to promote safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
More on the Safer Internet Centre and Safer Internet Day can be found at www.saferinternet.org.

Police are asking the public for their views on a proposed new base for Morpeth officers.
Plans are being considered to re-locate officers from their current station in Castle Square, just outside the town centre, to a new more accessible, central location.
Office space is available in a first floor business unit at Sanderson Arcade and the force is currently considering moving the Morpeth Neighbourhood Policing Team into the busy retail and business centre. The office is in Austin House, the entrance is adjacent to the Central Bean coffee shop, and is accessible via a lift and stairs.
The current police office is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and these opening hours will remain in the future. 
This proposal would allow police officers and staff to relocate from outdated and expensive to run premises and provide police services from a new community base which is more accessible to the public and offers better value for money.

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Police are appealing for witnesses after three bikes were stolen in a burglary in Northumberland.
It happened between 9pm on Monday, January 5, and 7.30am on Tuesday, January 6. The bikes were in a locked garage in Bluebell Rise in Morpeth when thieves broke in and stole them.
The bikes are a red Giant Defy 2, a white, orange and blue Giant OCR road bike with electrical tape and an old watch on the handle bars and a blue GT Avalanche One bike with bright red pedals that are heavily spiked.
Officers are appealing for any witnesses to the burglary or anyone who knows the whereabouts of the bikes.
The appeal comes as Northumbria Police continues to carry out Operation Soundwave aimed at targeting thieves.
Morpeth Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Baker said: "We will not stop in our efforts to make sure thieves are caught and are reprimanded for their criminality and continue to ask our communities to help.
"If anyone has any information about this burglary, or where the bikes may be, we want to hear from them. Likewise, we'd like to remind residents to take all necessary precautions to ensure their property is not at unnecessary risk. Ensuring good quality locks and security lights are used all help act as deterrent."
Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 270 210115 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Police are appealing for information following a spate of burglaries in Stannington, Northumberland.
The first incident happened between 3.30pm on Friday, January 9, and 8am on Saturday, January 10, when two outhouses at South Shotton House were broken into and a number of tools stolen from one and damage caused to the other.
The second incident happened between 11.30pm on Friday, January 9, and 6.30am on Saturday, January 10 when a garage at South Shotton Cottage was broken into and a number of tools, bike and motorbike stolen.
A third burglary occurred between 11.30pm on Friday, January 9, and 6.30am on Saturday, January 10, when an offender made entry into North Shilton Farm on Station Road and stole the keys of a white Citroen Berlingo before making off with it. The van has since been recovered.
Morpeth Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Baker said: "Enquiries into these burglaries are ongoing and I'd urge anyone who may have seen any suspicious people or vehicles in the area, or has any information about those involved in the burglaries, to get in touch with us as soon as possible."
The appeal comes as part of Operation Soundwave, which targets opportunist thieves and those involved in theft and burglary.
For more crime prevention information visit Northumbria Police website, www.northumbria.police.uk, while people are also urged to sign up to free property register Immobilise at www.immobilise.com.
Anyone who may have information into the burglaries is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police are appealing for information after the theft of a trailer in Northumberland.
Between 11pm Tuesday, December 23, and 9:30am Wednesday, December 24, thieves stole a car transporter trailer from a paddock at Cookswell House in Pegswood.
The thieves snapped the lock off a gate to the property to gain access to the paddock and used a vehicle to tow or drag the trailer away.
The trailer is aluminium silver and it has a blue horseshoe sprayed on the rear of the trailer and a broken offside warning triangle.
Enquiries are ongoing into the theft and anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 383 24/12/14.

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Police are appealing for information after a bike was stolen in Morpeth.
Between 10pm Monday, December 1, and 7am Tuesday, December 2, thieves broke into a garage in Park Drive and stole a bike.
The bike is a black, green and blue Bianchi 'Impulso' racing model and is worth around £1800.
Enquiries are ongoing into the theft and police are appealing for anyone with any information into the burglary, or the whereabouts of the bike, to contact them on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 176 021214.